Image: Der Fleck auf dem Spiegel, den der Atemhauch schafft
(Niemegk, Germany, 1935 - )

Der Fleck auf dem Spiegel, den der Atemhauch schafft (The Mark on the Mirror Breathing Makes) , 1977 (printed later)

Gold toned gelatin silver print
20 in. x 24 in. (50.8 cm x 60.96 cm)
Knight Purchase Fund for Photographic Media
'Der Fleck auf dem Spiegel', seemingly simple yet profound, is one of Appelt’s only real self-portraits.  By breathing on a mirror, the artist makes a mark that both signifies life and erases part of his own image (tellingly for an artist, his eye).  A photograph – a reflection fixed in time – preserves this emblem of transience.
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